|Malawi's Environmental History - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Dr. Wapu Mulwafu (Univ. of Malawi) on African environmental history. Mulwafu discusses the history of water use and management in Malawi, focusing on political and religious aspects of soil conservation and the importance of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices. He closes with insights on the challenges of "doing history" in Malawi.
Keywords: conservation; environmental history; malawi; University of Malawi; Wapu Mulwafu; water
|The San in Botswana and Namibia - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Dr. Robert Hitchcock (chair of Anthropology at MSU) on San people's struggles in southern Africa's Kalahari region. Focus is on government-San relations; San communities' local and international quest for empowerment and human rights; and images of the San in film. Hitchcock concludes with an assessment of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project on the region.
Keywords: anthropology; environment; human rights; indigenous people; Kalahari; Lesotho Highlands Water Project; Robert Hitchcock; San
|Water, Land, and Refugees in southern Africa - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Bill Derman (Anthropology, MSU) talks about his recent volume on Conflicts Over Land and Water in Africa (2007). He examines the role of government policies, local farmers, and chiefs in land reform in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Derman then shares his observations of refugee flows, and points to the sensitive position of researchers working in the changing political context of southern Africa.
Keywords: anthropology; Bill Derman; chiefs; development; farmers; government policy; land; land reform; politics; refugees; water